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Women-focused ride sharing service Shebah is launching an equity crowdfunding campaign to raise $3 million in an effort to circumvent the “male gatekeepers” of venture capital. Founded in Melbourne in 2017, Shebah’s service promises women safe transportation without harassment and, on the other side, employment opportunities to work as drivers.

Amazon has signed a deal to acquire mesh wi-fi manufacturer Eero strengthening its smart home assistant arm. Neither company disclosed how much Amazon paid for Eero. According to Bloomberg, Eero has raised $148 million in equity and debt. Eero’s various products helps users extend the range of their wi-fi through

The local tech industry has reiterated its concerns over Australia’s controversial encryption laws, as Australian Federal Police documents reveal the new powers are already being exercised.  The Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Act 2018 passed in a hasty fashion on the final sitting day of parliament last

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Australian ecommerce retailer Tiger Mist has implemented Emarsys AI-driven marketing platform for EDM, mobile marketing and CRM ads which, according to the company, has revolutionised its digital marketing efforts. Tiger Mist said as it expanded, the digital marketing team realised it had outgrown its legacy marketing platform. The ecommerce site

Australia’s next generation mobile network is presenting a unique opportunity for stakeholders to share the burden of infrastructure costs, according to Axicom CEO, Graeme Barclay. While 5G is being touted as a transformative network because of its higher speeds, low latency and “network splicing” — an ability to create subnetworks

Digital bank UBank will launch an AI-powered assistant to help its customers in the process of applying for a home loan. The AI assistant is called Mia, short for My Interactive Agent built by FaceMe, a New Zealand-based company. The bank will pilot Mia later this month with a handful

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It is every Boomer’s job to make you successful, according to Chris Port, Chief Operating Officer at Dell Boomi, addressing a packed audience in Las Vegas for the Boomi World conference. Boomers, in this context, are representatives of Dell Boomi. Port described the way Boomi is structured, with four teams

Optus has switched on a new 5G site in the north-western Sydney suburb of Kellyville. The telco partnered with Ericsson to establish its fourth 5G site, which is expected to eventually give customers in the area access to a 5G network. Sign up for Which-50’s Irregular Insights newsletter Optus said

Our cover story this week on consumer attitudes to data surveillance clearly hit a nerve. The reaction of many industry leaders we contacted in preparation for our report speaks volumes — many bolted for the exit as soon as they saw the questions. Perhaps they watched Mark Zuckerberg and his executives

A new study from Juniper Research has found that global consumer spend on digital content will reach $250 billion in 2019, an increase of $23 billion year-on-year. The research found that SVoD (Subscription Video on Demand) services will be a key driver of growth as major players, including Amazon, Facebook and